Hugh Broughton Architects’ competition-winning Maidstone Museum extension scheme has bagged almost £2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund
The cash handout means that the £2.7 million project, which will create a new East Wing including the construction of two glass and gold copper alloy shingle clad additions, could start on site early next year (2010).
Approved by planners back in October 2007, the proposals will effectively increase display space by almost a third for the museum which is partly housed in a Grade II* listed Tudor mansion with a great hall that dates from 1564.
Practice founder Hugh Broughton said: ‘We are thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting Maidstone Borough Council’s bold plans for the Museum and are really looking forward to bringing the project to site in the New Year.
‘The East Wing Project will make an exciting contemporary addition to the Museum’s rich architectural history demonstrating its cultural significance to the town and the south east of England.’
The practice beat fellow finalists Snell Associates, Atkins, Mackay & Partners and Featherstone Associates to land the RIBA-organised contest in January 2007.